Will Governor Walz Shutdown Minnesota Bars on Tuesday?
Today, Governor Walz announced an expansion of COVID-19 testing in Minnesota. Tomorrow he could announce some new restrictions as cases rise to all-time highs. According to the Star Tribune, Walz may implement new restrictions or shutdowns on places where young adults gather: "It makes sense to us now to target those much more surgically, much more aggressively, than a statewide stay-at-home order, because at this point in time, we’ve learned we can do retail, we can do education, some of it in person, if we’re able to test, contain and contact trace those folks to get [their infections] isolated.”
The Governor will hold a press conference at 2:00 PM on Tuesday afternoon. You'll be able to listen to it live on News-Talk 1340 KROC-AM and 96.9 FM. You can also hear the update on the KROC News App and by listening live on krocnews.com.
Walz made those comments during a press conference this morning in which he and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said that Minnesota is almost ready to introduce a new tracing system that uses cell phone location data to notify people when they've come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.
In related news, President-Elect Joe Biden has selected a Minnesota disease expert to be a part of his COVID-19 advisory board. And, Pfizer announced some encouraging news early Monday morning. The drugmaker said its COVID-19 vaccine trial has shown to be 90% effective in early testing. Pfizer filed for Emergency Use Authorization with the FDA Monday.